Bench for My Bedroom: Before and After

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A few months ago I mentioned I was planning on making over a little bench I've had for a while for my bedroom. When I first started thinking about redoing the bench, I picked this fabric from Calico Corners  in white only to discover they discontinued it a few weeks ago. I was back to square one, which turned out to be perfect. I love how the bench turned out.

Here's a reminder of how the bench looked when I purchased it in 2003 ( green fabric) and recovered it with fabric that used to be oh so me (purple). It was cute, banged up  though

 It's amazing how pretty the after became becasue of paint from Sherwin Williams and the fabric from Calico Corners. Without further adieu, here's the lovely after.

~ Here's what I did ~

Paint Steps

1. Primed the bench with two coats of primer using a brush, lightly sanding between coats.

2. I painted the bench with Three coats of Satin Paint by Sherwin Williams, Color: Aqua-Sphere - I applied the paint with a mini sponge roller. I waited 24hrs between each coat of paint, to apply the next coat. Becasue there is so much detail with this bench I also used craft brushes to get into the tight spots.

3. I applied three coats of Clear Poly by Behr to get a shiny gloss to the paint, it worked perfect - I lightly sanded between each coat of Poly. I waited 24hrs  between each coat, before applying the next coat. Poly takes 48 hours to harden, so after the final coat I did not handle it for 48 hours

{ I cleaned  the bench with mild soap and lightly sanded to remove chipped paint }
Simple Upholstery Steps

1. I removed the old fabric and used it as a template for my new fabric, and cut out my fabric. I choose not to add new padding to the bench since its already nice and soft

2. Center the fabric on your board. I started in the middle of the bench and used a staple gun to sercure the fabric, then did the other side. I smoothed out wrinkles before applying the next staple
3. Last I re-atttached the the seat to the bench.

Here's my budget breaksown for this ReDo
   4.99 - 1 qaurt of paint - Sherwin Williams sells 1 quart sample paints on Satin!
19.99 - 1 yard of fabric 10% sale discount, + free shipping  (I have plans for the leftover fabric)
  2.99 -  mini roller from Sherwin Williams - perfect for small areas
no cost -  Primer already had
no cost - Clear Poly already had
no cost - Craft brushes already had

 27.97 not including tax

Money well spent, I love how this turned out, my first project completed for Master Bedroom.


  1. It looks great! I love the fabric/paint color combo.

  2. Oh, I love how it turned out. You did a wonderful job. It looks like something straight out of a West Elm catalog! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I can tell already that your master bedroom is going to be amazing! I love the paint/ fabric combo!!

  4. If your bench is any indication of how your bedroom will look it's going to be 'marvelous dahling.' You took your time with this piece and it definitely shows!

    ...oh and thanks for stopping by...please come back soon!

  5. I just love it! You really did a great job! That fabric is outstanding, it really looks like a new piece of furniture.

  6. WOW! It looks like a totally different bench! LOVES IT!

  7. It looks fantastic! Love the paint color and the fabric... nice!

  8. I love the color combination you chose. Very chic! Great job.

  9. Thanks ladies, this is getting me excited to finish up my dresser and the rest of the room done - of course we still have to lay our new floors

  10. I love how this turned out, too. That is the perfect color blue, and the fabric looks great. Really good job!

  11. Love this bench! The color looks very similar to the color that I 'plan' to use on my dresser for my master bedroom! GREAT JOB!

  12. Love love love the color and the fabric. Nice work!

  13. I'm loving the bench! I'm so glad you found my blog - I've added you to my google reader. So fun!

  14. Wow, that is a great bench makeover! I love the paint color and fabric :)

  15. wow - that looks great! I'm very impressed and I know how talented you are at this stuff! You've inspired me to re-do my room...and re-do my bench. Perhaps even make a matching padded headboard. How funny is it that my new colors (purple & white) are your old ones? Lol... I may be calling you for help!

  16. So nice to beautify a piece that you already have.. I absolutely LOVE it!

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  18. Your bench turned out great, Katrina! Thanks for linking to it, otherwise I would've missed your pretty makeover.


Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts! Best, Katrina

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